Teacher C — Professor from Rhode Island School of Design
- Under the guidance of teacher C during the 2021 Fall application season, students were successfully accepted to the Rhode Island School of Design
- She is a top-ranked fashion designer and fashion design professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, served as department head from 2010 to 2014, and won the Dean’s Recognition Award for his contribution to the fashion design department.
- Since 1989, she has served as the design director of many fashion design companies in New York. Her clients include Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Liz Claiborne, J.Jill, etc. In 2004, she founded Sugar Pi, a luxury knitting brand for children, and served as the company’s president until 2006;
- Her works have been exhibited in major international fashion weeks such as Milan, New York, and Hong Kong. She has held seminars at Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo, and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute and MIT Media Lab;
- She’s excited to help students make art collections, provide professional guidance on fashion design, industrial design, architecture, and digital media.
This eight-week workshop looks through the contextual lens of identity to understand art and aesthetics influenced by social processes and cultural values. Identity is how we perceive and express ourselves and influences the decisions that we make daily, such as the friends we have, the clothes we wear, and our political beliefs. Many artists use their work to express, explore, and question ideas about identity. Students will be introduced to artists such as Nick Cave, Frida Kahlo, and Zhang Xiaogang and learn how identity influences their art.
Students are challenged to explore and create artwork that expresses their own identity as they see themselves and how they perceive themselves to be seen by others during this course. Through lectures, assigned research, online discussions, and assignments, projects will focus on the traditional material investigation and repurposed found objects in both 2D and 3D art and design prompt aimed at the ability to communicate individual concepts confidently.
- Complete at least 5 paintings, handmade works, photographs, and other mediums
- Compile a collection of artworks that can be used for university applications
- Receive a letter of recommendation from the professor if exceed expectations
- Conduct art research to improve students’ strategic and organizational skills, ensure that each student’s unique ideas are realized, and complete the final portfolio
- Record all stages of the creative process through paintings and works shooting, and accumulate materials for the official portfolios
Introductions and discussion of expectations.
LECTURE: Portfolio Development
LECTURE: Alexander Calder
· Blind contour portrait sketching exercises
· Review/critique of blind contour portrait sketches
· Pick one portrait to make in wire
· Make a wire sculpture or mobile
Assignment: Blind contour wire sculpture
Review/critique homework of Blind contour wire sculpture
LECTURE: M.C. Escher, EYE
DEMO: Mark marking and exploration of different materials
IN CLASS: That which I reflect self-portrait brainstorm, work out composition and details for a final drawing in a sketchbook before beginning final drawing.
HOMEWORK: That which I reflect self-portrait
Review/critique homework That which I reflect self-portrait
LECTURE: How artists explore identity
IN CLASS: Begin research and brainstorming for content to put into still life reflection.
HOMEWORK: Complete a still-life reflection self-portrait using the material best expresses yourself.
Review/critique homework of still life reflection
LECTURE: Nick Cave Sound Suits
DEMO: Working with found objects
HOMEWORK: I have something to say
Review/critique homework of I have something to say
LECTURE: Zhang Xiaogang surrealist-inspired, stylized portraits
DEMO: Working with photographs digitally
HOMEWORK: Vague memories family portrait
Review/critique homework of Vague memories family portrait
LECTURE: Cultural Masks
INTRODUCE FINAL PROJECT: Masks and Identity
Students will utilize mind mapping techniques and rough sketches in their sketchbook to generate ideas for a final project
LECTURE: Mind map/ visual design thinking
Assignment: Final project research and mind map production
Review/critique homework of mask research, mind map, and rough sketches for the final project
LECTURE: Materials used in mask making
LECTURE: Impact of editorial photos
LECTURE: Portfolio presentation expectations
Assignment: complete the final project and shoot all the works of art
Class critique of Masks and Identity PPT or PDF including editorial photograph as well as process photos.
Student presentation all projects in a digital portfolio, PDF or PPT
Students who have background knowledge in visual arts, want to produce a portfolio and intend to participate in art competitions.
After each class, the teacher will send course feedback, including course topics, homework and student progress.
16 hours of classes, 120 minutes/class